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Scouts: Making 1,200 New Friends at Durham Scout County's Biggest Ever Confido

posted 14 Oct 2012, 13:53 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 14:59 ]
Britains largest mobile zip wire was one of the main attractions
3rd Washington Scouts joined over 1,200 scouts for Durham Scouts annual Confido adventure weekend, the biggest ever Running from the 12th to the 14th October, the event is the biggest of its kind in the North of England.

The event opened with live bands, Jazz In My Pants playing scouts onto the site and a live band on stage. During the opening party, we found that Jack can do the Gangnam Style dance like nobody else!

Scouts enjoyed 50 awesome activities across the weekend from extreme adventure including Europe’s largest mobile zip line where you can reach speeds of up to 60kmph, tomahawk throwing, Segway safari, night time climbing on a glow in the dark climbing wall to traditional outdoor activities such as archery, backwoods cooking and pioneering.

The event was also supported by a host of community groups and external bodies who will be ran workshops to encourage young people to expand their horizons; these included British Cycling, Durham Student Theatre and the Royal Navy.

1,200 scouts dressed as zombie
On Saturday night, the entire campsite was transformed as zombies took over for our massive themed party and the scare zone opened in the woods for those who dared. The main stage in the marquee featured live bands, competitions and a few themed surprises. Scare valley was particularly scary as scouts followed the trail into the night to discover what makes things go bump in the night with zombies coming at them from all directions.

Hannah, a scout from 3rd Washington said:

“I had an amazing weekend,
it's been non-stop and I loved every minute of it. The zombie party was so much fun and I got the fright of my life in Scare Valley”

“I had a great time with all of my friends and I loved the Segways, they were really cool.”

The entire programme was designed to give young people the opportunity to challenge themselves to do things they wouldn’t normally experience day to day and encouraging young people to develop in this way is how scouting makes a positive impact on its young people and the communities around them.

The event was made possible by a team of over 200 adult volunteers who co-ordinate everything from event planning and management to entertainment, activities and catering. The number of volunteer team is growing year on year with the grow of volunteers in scouting in Durham and Tyne and Wear. Many new volunteers are choosing to volunteer flexibly (giving up as much or as little free time as they can afford to support) which is allowing scouting to reach even more young people.

Ian Hammond (28), Adult Volunteer Event Manager said:

200 adult volunteers supported a successful event
“Confido is just like a festival, with a great atmosphere, over 50 activities for scouts to try and brilliant evening entertainment. It is really rewarding to see scouts learning new skills, meeting new friends and going home with a huge grin on their face.”

“It is entirely run by volunteers, who bring skills from their professional life, such as project management, first aid, engineering and sound and lighting, and in return learn new skills and have a great time too. Over 1000 hours of planning goes into this weekend event and I have to say thanks to all those who give as much time as they can.”

To find out more about becoming an adult volunteer, whether you are looking to work directly with young people or to provide a few hours support to an event, please visit to find out much more. We promise you get back everything you put in and more by joining our growing team of volunteers.